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Acoustic Import

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  • Audio CD (23 May 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Warner
  • ASIN: B000024DAP
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 266,810 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
If you've never heard Gilberto Gil or Brazilian Music before this is CD is a must. Gil is a master. He's been around since the sixties and is a real folk hero in Brazil in the same way that John Lennon is over here. Indeed, some of his early music was partly inspired by The Beatles. - Listen out for the guitar hook from 'Day Tripper' played on the accoustic bass!
This album was inspired by the various 'Unplugged' titles that were released in the early to mid 1990's. The songs have been stripped down but come alive through evocative arrangements and with the help of several ethnic, folk instruments from both the South American Continent and Africa.
You don't need to understand Portuguese to appreciate the seductive beauty of this heady mixture of Samba, Pop, Folk and Fado. If you need to hear some English listen to a great rendition of Stevie Wonder's 'The Secret Life of Plants'.
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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars 22 reviews
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have for a Well-Rounded Music Collection! 23 May 2002
By Angela Tomassetti - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you are looking for a place to start either with Gilberto Gil or just with Brazilian music, you've found the right place. This is collection of just about everything from ballads with Gil's sweet crooning to the upbeat samba beat trademark to this region's sound. Most of Gil's most notable classics can be found on this cd and the recording definitely captures the energy of the live performance. I personally love Gilberto Gil's voice and could listen to this cd over and over without tiring of it. I would recommend it to anyone interested in expanding their tastes to include something with a little more flavor.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one fantastic CD 12 Oct. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It's seems to be a rarity to find an artist who has such a combination of integrity, musicianship, and an obvious love of music unincumbered by any of the trappings of the industry. Gilberto Gil has it all, and it is never so clear as on Acoustic. Gil's variety ranges from Reggae, to Ballads, to Party Samba always with the rhythmic and tonal complexities which make Brazilian music so special. His working of Stevie Wonder's "The Secret Life Of Plants" is a truly spiritual experience as well as providing the only English sung on the album. The rest is marvelous Brazilian Portuguese which enables Gil to prove once and for all that the human voice is also an intricate percussive instrument. Yet Gil is not the only player, the whole band including Gil is a fantastic sextet of musicians delivering fine performances throughout. Of special note is Arthur Maia whose bass work borders on perfection. Overall, I prefer this album to Quanta Live merely because the acoustic setting provides a more personal interaction with the artist. Also recommended is the studio album Quanta.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gilberto Gil rocks my world! 14 Sept. 2004
By D. Pawl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I first heard about this album when it was reccomended to me by a Brazilian pen pal I happened to meet in Seattle during her visit here on business. She insisted that I purchase it for myself and I am really glad that I did. I first heard him on "Beleza Tropical" volume 1, a compilation of different Brazilian artists' greatest classic hits put together by David Byrne (former Talking Head). Gilberto Gil has that wonderful combination of technical talent on the guitar, as well as a soft, expressive singing voice best-described as "cloud-like." (soft, fluffy and delicate) It's amazing when you begin to measure the tone of his voice with the content of his songs, though. Gil wrote all of the songs on this album (with the exception of his cover of "The Secret Life of Plants" written by Stevie Wonder for the film of the same name). He tackles some very intense topics (including mythology, the delicate state of the ecosystem and reconciliation)

My favorite cuts include "A Novidade" (a song about a beautiful mermaid which is a metaphor for the ravaged state of planet Earth and the devistation of the physical environment we are destroying through carelessness and lack of compassion), "A Drao" (a thoughtful, introspective song to his love), "Expresso 2222" (a cautionary song about the new millenium) and "Palco" (which sounds largely autobiographical).

The beauty of Gil's music is the mixture of contemporary guitar riffs and the use of the Brazilian berimbau and tradional percussion instruments. Share this with friends and family!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Steal This Album - Buy It Now! Support Gilberto Gil! 22 July 2001
By arroyo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This isn't your neighbor's Brazilian music - it's so much more. This is soul music in the purest sense. Reggae, samba ballads, rhythym, funk.
Live performance excitement, and good feelings all the way around. Gil loves his art and his music, and the sincerity shows. Performer, musicians, and audience are all on the same wavelength. A great performance.
Doesn't matter when, or with whom. I just play this CD and it's always right, always good.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excelente 17 May 2001
By pablo rossi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
gilberto gil es uno de los mas grandes cantautores de la musica de brasil. Este cd es particularmente atractivo, porque recrea una muy buena seleccion de sus mas bellos temas. La grabacion acustica , le da un diferente cariz a sus melodias, que hace valga tenerlo, aunque uno posea las mismas canciones en sus versiones originales. Dentro de los muchos cd que poseo de gil es uno de mis predilectos
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